The 99


Transposer


             Son Volt - 'The 99’
From the album UNION
Words and Music by Jay Farrar


***Please note, Farrar repeatedly lifts his index finger off of the second string on the Am (creating an
Asus2) to create the slight variation in sound heard in the intro and breaks. He also walks up from D to G and
down from G to D in the choruses, both employing a quick Cadd2 chord.


[Intro]
Am Asus2 Am G Am


[Verse 1]
Am
Journalists in jail covering the scenes
    G                           Am                   G  Am
The profit columns rise for the corporate machines
Am
Take the stand now, protest and holler
   G                            Am                 G  Am
Desecration of the land for the almighty dollar


[Chorus]
Am
99 Percent
Am
99 Percent
       G
It's a trickle-down world
            Am
Like you're stuck in cement
D                     Cadd2 G
Imbalance hangs over
G                    G Cadd2
The 99 is down here
D                     Cadd2 G
Imbalance hangs over
G                    Cadd2   Am
The 99 is down here


[Guitar Break]
Am Asus2 Am G Am


[Verse 2]
Am
They can fill up the jails but it won't make a dent
      G                           Am                  G  Am
Those sins don't wash away in the sea of discontent
Am
Already spent, already spent
   G                            Am             G  Am
No way to get ahead 'cause it's already spent
Am                         Am
With no spot at the table, hopes and dreams have died
    G                    Am
The 99 Percent have been taken for a ride


[Chorus]
D                     Cadd2 G
Imbalance hangs over
G                    G Cadd2
The 99 is down here
D                     Cadd2 G
Imbalance hangs over
G                    Cadd2   Am
The 99 is down here
Am              Am
99 percent, 99 percent
        G                                              Am
It’s a trickle-down world like you’re stuck in cement
Am              Am
99 percent, 99 percent
        G                                              Am
It’s a trickle-down world like you’re stuck in cement

[Outro]
Am Asus2 Am G x4 
Am
            

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